The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing

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Contents
Introductionix
1Concision1
The Pompous Style at School3
2Clarity10
1. Choose Verbs over Nominalizations13
2. Choose Active Verbs over Linking Verbs15
3. Choose the Active Voice over the Passive Voice16
Clarity and Honesty20
3Flow22
1. Use Consistent Characters23
2. Use Pronouns and Other Pointers25
3. Use Punch Lines27
4. Use Conjunctions and Other Linking Words30
4Punctuation34
Commas and Comma Splices35
Semicolons39
Colons41
Dashes42
Parentheses43
Questions44
5Gracefulness46
1. The Historical Present47
2. Appositives48
3. Parallelism50
4. Tricolon53
5. Concession53
6. Qualification55

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1: Concision 1
  • 2: Clarity 10
  • 3: Flow 22
  • 4: Punctuation 34
  • 5: Gracefulness 46
  • 6: Using Sources 56
  • 7: Paragraphs 69
  • 8: Beginnings and Endings 78
  • Appendix - Document and Citation Formats 86
  • Works Cited 103
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